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Bees Under-14s cruise to Plate glory

Bees Under-14s won the Plate at Stratford Sevens Festival, beating Barkers Butts 44-10 in the final.

Bees Under-14s show off the trophy after their impressive victory over Barkers Butts in the Stratford Sevens Festival Plate final
Bees Under-14s show off the trophy after their impressive victory over Barkers Butts in the Stratford Sevens Festival Plate final

Bees Under-14s won the Plate at Stratford Sevens Festival, beating Barkers Butts 44-10 in the final.

Smith, Cook (two) , Steele, Garratt (two), Geraghty and Beesley all scored in an impressive victory for the Bees, who also recorded wins against Nuneaton and Berkswell & Balsall on route to the final.

Bees Under-17s, meanwhile, are through to the North Midlands Cup final after an exciting 31-24 victory over Malvern at Portway.

Bees took an early lead when scrum-half Dan Millichap took a quick tap penalty and broke through to score under the posts. Matthew Dight added the extras.

Malvern’s response was to kick a simple penalty from close range after Bees went offside.

But all the possession was beginning to go the way of the home side with their forwards beginning to dominate the scrum and ruck contests.

Fly-half Ben Phillips put in a fine cross kick that bounced perfectly for left wing Dight to collect and go over for an unconverted try.

Millichap then added his second try in similar fashion, converted by Dight.

Some defensive lapses let in the visitors for a converted try from close range, but after stern words from the Bees coaches at the break, control of the game was regained when Phillips took the ball down the blind side and a clever grubber kick to the corner saw Dight collect and go over for an unconverted try.

At 26-10 Bees looked to make the game safe but Malvern had other ideas and when a series of tackles were missed they took full advantage to score a converted try near the posts.

Shortly afterwards a deep kick into the Bees’ 22 saw Dight have his clearance kick charged down as the visitors got within two points at 26-24.

With Bees second row Billy Castle in the sin bin, they had to dig deep but claimed the next score when replacement centre Matt Bentley set up quick second-phase ball and Dight completed his hat-trick out wide.

The chance of three points from a simple penalty was not taken, but heroic defending for the remaining five minutes ensured the Bees held firm for victory.

They will now play Moseley in the final on April 13 at Dudley.

 

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